Veneers are a great way to improve the aesthetics of teeth. They are porcelain or ceramic coverings placed over the outside of the tooth. They are recommended for teeth that have large fillings and/or for patients who would like to improve the aesthetics of their front teeth.
There are two techniques used when placing veneers: direct and indirect.
The direct technique involves placing a composite filling material on the outside of the tooth using a procedure called “bonding”. This method can be done in one appointment. One downside of this technique is more susceptibility to staining.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments. These veneers are made from porcelain and are fabricated by a ceramist at a dental laboratory. Laboratory-fabricated veneers are one of the most aesthetic options available. This technique is more permanent than the direct technique and more resistant to staining.